Cleaning Medical Instruments: The Reasons And The Methods

*This article has been updated since the original posting for clarity.

Every individual wants to be healthy, fit and fine. No one wants to fall ill.

Physicians rely upon their extensive experience as well as instrumentation which they use for the treatment of their patients on requirement. The medical tools undeniably play a major role for treating the patients.

A surgeon should also possess good skills to work with medical equipment. A surgeon may risk a patient's health by poorly managing medical equipment.

Once the medical equipment has been used, they need to be cleaned under standard sterile conditions. This is as mandatory. It could be extremely dangerous to use medical instruments on consecutive patients without proper cleansing.

Why Is It Needed?

There are various types of transferable diseases that could be emitted or transferred to other patients as well. One of the major reasons behind this fact is the improper cleaning of the medical instruments. This also makes the environment of the associated hospital extremely unhygienic and unhealthy. After every operation, the instruments need to be cleaned properly.

The Probable Solution-

As such there are various methods through which the medical instruments could be sterilized. It's just not cleaning the equipments under normal running water. There's a proper process. One of the methods is the ultrasonic cleaning. This technique is effective and has a low time consumption, which makes it advantageous.

The Process-

After their use, the instruments must be cleaned using the specified cleaning solution and detergent. After this process, the instruments must be dried properly before further cleaning in an ultrasonic cleaning machine, where the machine is filled with the specifically-designed cleaning solution. The next step is to keep the equipments submerged in the solution with the help of thongs for a certain period of time.  

The machine could be turned on for about 10 minutes. After turning off the machine, the tools could be taken out to dry.

Manual Cleaning-

Manual cleaning is another sterilization method. This process also requires submerging equipments in detergent. A scrub brush is highly useful in this process. The scrub brush reaches even to the narrow and congested parts where fingers cannot reach.  Once the manual cleaning process of the instruments is complete, wash your hands properly.

To summarize, a patient's good recovery depends upon the surgeons' skills and experience. But, it also relies upon the proper clean-out procedures of the medical instruments.

Author's Profile-

Daniel Clark, the author of this post is a medical practitioner. Here he provides information upon the effective cleaning process of surgical instruments.  

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